It’s October and one of the best fall activities is to go searching for the perfect pumpkin. There are many pumpkin patches throughout San Diego that offer the ultimate fall activity experience with tractor hayrides, corn mazes, and of course pumpkin patches. Here is your guide to the best pumpkin patches in San Diego.
Founded in 1921, Bates Nut Farm in Valley Center has been a fall family destination for many San Diegans. Join them this year for several family friendly activities including tractor hayrides ($2), a straw maze ($2), petting corral ($3) and pony rides ($5). On the weekends there is live entertainment from 12-3, a BBQ, kettle corn, food trucks, rock climbing wall, and more. The best part of the farm is grabbing a wheelbarrow and searching through a variety of pumpkins like Big Macs, Ghost, Cinderella, Jack O’ Lantern, minis, and squash. Leashed pups can join you on the farm as well.
If you want a place to purely find the perfect pumpkin, without all the added accessories, head over to Lavender Hill Pumpkin Farm in Fallbrook. The farm solely focuses on an authentic pumpkin picking experience and all of their pumpkins are organically grown. Search through 10,000 pumpkins in 3 dozen varieties that range from very large to very small. Many of their most distinct pumpkins have been given names like Charlemagne, The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, Queen Victoria, Cleopatra, Thumbelina, and more.
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The 15th Annual Oma’s Pumpkin Patch in Lakeside is in full swing. General admission for children is $8 and with that they receive a water bottle, jack patch pumpkin, and admission to all the activities. One adult per child is free, the extras pay $4. The pumpkin patch is perfect for families and school field trips. Activities include a playground, Cottonseed Mountain (a giant slide), a sand pile with toy trucks and tractors, covered hay rides around the farm, a hay bale maze, and a petting corral. There are pumpkins that range from tiny to over 100 pounds! Indian Corn, Corn Stalks, gourds, and hay bales are also for sale along with other seasonal goodies.
Wander through Mountain Valley Ranch’s fertile fields that have a wide variety of pumpkins and gourds. The ranch also grows Indian maize corn, popping corn, and gourds of different shapes, sizes and colors. Family and friends can also enjoy a gigantic corn maze, petting zoo, corn gun, and pony rides. That’s not all! There are a large amount of old farm equipment including a 1930s Model A Automobile that make for unique photo ops. Lastly, the experts here can give you some great advice on how to keep your carved pumpkin hydrated and make it last as well as giving you some yummy recipes for those pumpkin seeds.
If you’re looking for something a little more local when searching for pumpkins this year, try a Pumpkin Station. There are multiple locations throughout the San Diego County and each offer fun rides and activities for the entire family such as pumpkin jumps, petting zoos, and games zones. Pumpkin Stations can be found in Del Mar, Mission Valley, El Cajon, National City, Rancho Bernardo, Bonita or Chula Vista.
What are some of your favorite spots to go searching for the perfect pumpkin in the fall?